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Have you had any complaints about the colored water as of late?

Question:

Mr. Young,

I was wondering if you have had any complaints about the colored water as of late? And if so what has been done to resolve this issue?

Thank you,
Concerned Citizen

Answer:

Complaints about colored water have stopped for the time being.  That is not to say that the potential for further complaints has been eliminated.  Anytime we have a break in one the steel or cast iron water mains (as well as the PVC mains) the potential exists for dirt and rust to enter the system. The maintenance crews attempt to limit this infiltration but it will happen.

The best solution is to replace the steel and cast iron with PVC.  Since 2007 we have replaced 44% of our steel and cast iron water mains.  We estimate that we have an additional 16500 feet to replace.  We are in the process of engineering the replacement of another 2000 feet this fiscal year if the budget holds up.  I realize this is a slow process but the replacement is a high priority.

Doug Young
Palmer City Administrator

I was wondering if you have had any business prospects come by City Hall?

Question:

Mr. Young,

I was wondering if you have had any business prospects come by City Hall as of late? It seems Mr. Dauben says on his posts that he is giving tours left and right. Are these the groceries stores he told everyone would come because of beer and wine, but would not say any names? It would be great to have some new businesses if you could please let us know.

Thank You,
Concerned Citizen

Answer:

From time to time infrequently I have been contacted by businesses asking questions about locating in Palmer.  In the past year, I am not aware of any contacts made to City Hall.  I would welcome the opportunity to advertise Palmer.  Property tax incentives are available if the city council approves.

It is my opinion that the incentive should be matched to the business.  A business that is going to hire a large workforce would provide other than a property tax economic benefit to the city and that would offset any property tax abatement.

Doug Young
Palmer City Administrator

Is it possible for Palmer to file for relief from train horns?

Question:

Mr. Young,

I am writing on behalf of our household and several neighbors. A few nights a month, a train will come through town blowing its horn for extremely long amounts of time, sometimes all the way through town. I have read where some towns have declared a quiet zone or set times in which horns are not to be sounded. Is it possible for Palmer to file for this relief from late night and early morning train horns? If they just would cease sounding horns between 11 pm and 5 am it would be a huge relief. Most trains are not a burden, but that one or two that never stop blowing at 2 am disturb the surrounding homes. Thank you for your time and attention.

Thank you,
Palmer Resident

Answer:

“Section 471.006 of the Transportation code provides that an engineer in charge of a locomotive shall “ring the bell and blow whistle or siren at least one-quarter of a mile from the place where the railroad crosses a public road or street.  The engineer shall continue to ring the bell until the locomotive has crossed the road or stopped.  The railway company is liable for any damages sustained by a person because of a violation.  The engineer commits an offense (a misdemeanor) for such failure. Notwithstanding the above, a city with a population of at least 5000 may regulate by ordinance the ringing of bells and blow of whistles and sirens with its limits. The original statute required the ringing of the whistle at least 80 rods from the crossing.  This was changed later to an equivalent distance or one-quarter of a mile.” The City of Palmer does not have a population of 5000 thus we are unable to create an ordinance.   I will contact Union Pacific Railroad and request that they review their practice for any changes they could make to lessen the noise.

Doug Young
City Administrator

When is the City of Palmer planning a recycling program?

Question:

Mr. Young,

When is the City of Palmer planning a recycling program?

Thank you,
Palmer Resident

Answer:

The City of Palmer participates in paper recycling utilizing the bins located in the parking lot adjacent to city hall.  We have had discussions with DCI, the company that has the residential trash contract within the City of Palmer.  To date, no recycling program is economically feasible for the city.  Currently, it is not felt that the City of Palmer should subsidize any recycling program since this would reduce funding availability for other necessary programs and projects. 

Doug Young
City Administrator